The poor woman will not only be nursing her concussion at the tropical resort, she’ll also be nursing her hangover in Bill’s presence,
According to press reports, the Clintons will celebrate New Year’s at the Puntacana Resort & Club and could also attend a fashion show scheduled for December 29, which will be held in honor of famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta.
Worse yet, Anna Wintour will be at the party. “Just don’t be late!”
So the White House trotted out Susan Rice to sell a false story, unbeknownst to her direct boss Hillary Clinton, who was then told to toe-the-line. To provide elbow room, and cover for the White House, a bogus AP report mentioning the CIA was seeded to, and picked up by, the press thereby providing enough space and time to coordinate with James Clapper, so that he could arrange a bogus intelligence mistake story to back them up.
All of this before the “discovery” of U.S. officials on the ground in Libya asking for more security help. Which, unfortunately for the White House, became a bigger story than the false “movie” explanation.
The failure to provide the requested security creates the White House back in a position of blaming the State Dept. The same State Dept who was providing cover for the false “movie” explanation.
Hence the ping-pong ball back and forth.
While Hillary might have been willing to cover for the White House movie story “coverup” under the guise of faulty intelligence, which she did diligently, she ain’t gonna take being thrown under the bus for the lack of security protection.
sources close to the Clintons tell him that Bill Clinton has assembled an informal legal team to discuss how the Secretary of State should deal with the issue of being blamed for not preventing the Benghazi terrorist attack last month.
But, what exactly are Hillary’s (and Bill’s) options? A defamation suit is unlikely,
Hillary’s leverage is at its peak now, when Bill is leading the Obama reelection charge and when a sudden resignation would represent a huge setback for Obama. The Clintons can try to use this leverage to halt White House efforts to scapegoat Hillary. Then, they can hope the issue blows over.
However, the Benghazi story isn’t likely to blow over. And after November 6, the Clintons can do nothing to avoid the scapegoating of Hillary by the Obama administration.
The State Department has released a transcript of a briefing that two high-ranking department officials gave to a number of reporters via conference call on October 9 (Tuesday). I am not certain about this, but I believe the transcript was only made public today. You should read it in its entirety; it is the most detailed description I have seen of the events in Benghazi on September 11.
So Hillary Clinton and the State Department unequivocally reject the account that Barack Obama and Joe Biden have given. It is hard to imagine what “intelligence” reports Obama could have received that blamed the YouTube video. He is lying, evidently.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
And, as we know, President Obama has a habit of bowing to foreign heads of state.
Now Bill Clinton’s bowing to Obama,
What’s with this nonsense?
Bill’s Nasty, Brutish, and Longspeech “did a lot of heavy lifting to obscure, camouflage, evade, distract, paper over, and otherwise minimize” Obama’s dismal record,
But the facts are obdurate. Median household income has plunged nearly 5% since he took office. In a symbolically fitting occurrence, the national debt clock (which was not displayed on the wall of the DNC as it was in Tampa) clicked over to $16 trillion just as the Democrats were convening. President Obama has contributed more than $5 trillion of that in under four years. He came to office promising to cut the annual deficit in half by the end of this first term: it languishes at about $1.4 trillion. Give me $800 billion, he said, and I’ll have unemployment down to 5.6% by July 2012. The official number is 8.3% and so-called U”U6” unemployment is about 15%. Food prices have soared on his watch. As, of course, have energy prices: remember he came to office attacking the coal industry and promising to make the cost of energy “skyrocket.” It has: gasoline cost an average of $1.85 a gallon when he came to office, it is flirting with $4 a gallon now.
Jennifer Rubin found Bill’s speech to strain credulity, disingenuous, and at times incoherent, but mostly, self-serving,
Clinton certainly drubbed Republicans, and then — this is Clinton, of course — he bragged about his own deficit-balancing record. It was a pointed reminder that Obama simply isn’t Bill Clinton.
Toward the end of the speech, Clinton blew the race card whistle loudly, claiming voter ID laws (which have been blessed by the Supreme Court and in case after case have failed to produce a single minority voter who could not obtain an ID) intend to depress minority voting. This was Clinton the charlatan and the hyper-partisan. Given how popular voter ID laws are with voters at large, you understand how entirely dependent Obama is in this election on non-white voters .
Mostly, it seemed that Bill was paving the way for a potential Hillary presidential run. He talked fondly of her, of course, and gave a passing and remarkably vague defense of Obama’s foreign policy. He did not mention Israel.
Which begs the question, if the Dems knew they had enogh people to fill an additional 40,000 seats, wouldn’t they? As it is, Lee Stranahan got to sit in the nosebleed seats last night – obviously not enough people were there.
Clinton said he first visited Times Square in 1964 when he was a freshman at Georgetown University. He said he saw “a hooker approach a man in a gray flannel suit.” He said it was “pretty heavy stuff for a guy from Arkansas.”
Clinton said the area is cleaner and safer now — and that’s good.
But he sounded like he missed the old days.
“I still have vivid memories of it,” he said. “Romantic. Fascinating. It was dangerous.”
Melts your heart, doesn’t he?
UPDATE, Friday April 15,
Here’s Bill, saying it on camera
U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Former U.S. President Bill Clinton attend a memorial service for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on January 14, 2011 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
“I’m good enough to borrow a plane from, but not good enough to be invited to the wedding?” complained one Clinton friend, who remembered the times he handed over his jet and his pilot to take Bill Clinton around the country but had not landed a coveted invitation to Chelsea Clinton’s nuptials.
The “friend” has learned a lesson: When it comes to the Clintons, everything is about political usefulness:
“It is dangerous to presume closeness to people in power, and it is very rare when there are real, unbreakable friendships.”
Let’s hope that person remembers in a few years once Obama’s out of office and comes asking for a ride…
Looks like Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are moving on up — to a deluxe mansion away from prying eyes.
Sources told The Post the Clintons are planning to trade their almost-modest suburban Chappaqua home for a sprawling $10.9 million estate in the bucolic Westchester town of Bedford Hills, complete with 20 acres of gorgeous land surrounded by New York’s elite.
The massive compound — sweetly named Clover Hill Farm — comes with high fences, two guesthouses and a mansion fit for Bubba’s millionaire lifestyle.
Reminds me of Dickens’s Hard Times,
Bounderby’s retreat, where, notwithstanding her anchorite turn of mind based upon her becoming consciousness of her altered station, she resigned herself with noble fortitude to lodging, as one may say, in clover, and feeding on the fat of the land.
Fat indeed: Check out the slideshow at the NY Post. I wonder what the carbon footprint is on that spread:
* Sale price of $10.9M
* Built in 2000
* Being sold by Paul Wallace, former president of real-estate firm Broadstone Group
* 20 acres of gardens, horse trails and pastures on private road
* 7,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms, six baths, chef’s kitchen, multiple fireplaces, wood-paneled library, wine cellar
* Heated pool with pool house, stone patios and outdoor fireplace
* Two guesthouses, artist studio and stable
And a question, Will Hillary join Bill at Clover Hill, or is she staying in Washington?
Like Jed Clampett, who stumbled upon an oil well on his property, Robert Byrd stumbled upon a group of fellow hicks, if you’re to believe Bill:
“He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected,” former President Bill Clinton said of Sen. Robert Byrd.
And then, of course, there is the issue of race. The common interpretation is that Byrd’s is a story of redemption. A one-time Exalted Cyclops of the KKK, Byrd recruited some 150 members to the chapter he led — that’s led, not “joined,” by the way. (If you doubt his commitment to the cause, try to recruit 150 people to do anything, never mind have them pay a hefty fee up front.)
Byrd filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As Bruce Bartlett notes in his book Wrong on Race, Byrd knew he would fail, but he stood on bedrock principle that integration was evil. His individual filibuster, the second longest in American history, fills 86 pages of fine print in the Congressional Record. “Only a true believer,” writes Bartlett, “would ever undertake such a futile effort.”
Unlike some segregationists’, Byrd’s arguments rested less on the principle of states’ rights than on his conviction that black people were simply biologically inferior.
But in Bill’s eyes, it’s all well and good since Byrd was a country boy “trying to get elected.”
Well, next thing you know old Jed’s a millionaire…
(with apologies to all Clampetts, Clampett fans and “country boys [and girls] from the hills”)